The District 13 race for state representative between Eddie Smith and Gloria Johnson has brought out an array of luminaries. We heard that the governor’s dad, Big Jim Haslam, talked at length about the importance of the race at an exclusive fundraiser for somebody else.
Gov. Bill Haslam is all over cable TV saying, “Come on, Knoxville. I need your help (for Smith).”
Everybody knows about Tim Burchett and Big Foot. And Tim Burchett and metal detecting and Tim Burchett and motorcycles and Tim Burchett and World War II history (he lost an uncle in Europe and his dad, Charlie, fought in the Pacific).
Alvin Nance, former executive director of KCDC who left to work for Lawler Wood Housing Partners, has applied for his old job back at Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation as Art Cate is retiring as director. Nance will have to compete with at least 38 other applicants, and the process will likely go into 2017. If he prevails, this will be the first time the same person has served twice as KCDC chief.
Nance was highly regarded at KCDC and would be a safe and respected choice for another tour. He would not need on-the-job training. He also would not be running for mayor in a special election in 2017 or the regular election in 2019.
In the days after the release of the “hot mic” video of Donald Trump bragging that he gropes women with impunity because he’s a star, Gov. Bill Haslam joined a couple dozen other Republican elected officials who declared their disgust and renounced their support of the GOP nominee. The reaction from the nominee’s committed supporters was predictable and harsh, causing some of the Trump critics (mostly members of Congress facing re-election contests) to renounce their renunciations.
Trump carried Tennessee handily in the GOP primary, and his supporters, who are numerous and loud, are furious at Haslam, whom they accuse of never liking Trump much anyhow (he supported Marco Rubio in the primary). Haslam hasn’t come back to Trump, but there’s not much Trump’s fans can do to the governor, who is term-limited and won’t have to face their wrath at the ballot box any time soon.
David Butler, 61, is the longest-serving director of the Knoxville Museum of Art which has been in its current headquarters for 26 years. He recently completed a decade of service with significant achievements.
Butler came to Knoxville in 2006 from Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. He feels his greatest achievement has been getting the current Museum home renovated, correcting several serious deferred-maintenance issues. Over $6 million was raised including funding for the Cycle of Life by Richard Jolley, given by Steve and Ann Bailey.
Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 19, and although the ballot is headlined by one of the most explosive presidential contests in American history, there are other matters to be considered – like state legislative seats and four proposed amendments to the Knoxville City Charter.
The proposal that will be the most noticeable to voters will adjust the date for city elections.